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20. The Godfather (1972)
Scene: The Horse Head
It’s the sweeping epic that eventually spanned three films. But, without the sequels, the first still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. The Godfather is a crime drama, a family drama, and a warped version of the American dream. The story focuses on the Corleone family, beginning at the marriage of his daughter, an expansive reception that serves as a wonderful introduction to the characters we would grow to love. Part of this intro is to demonstrate how ruthless the family could be if called to. Vito (Marlon Brando) will grant requests on this day, as it is his daughter’s wedding day. One of those requests comes from Johnny Fontane (Al Martino), Vito’s godson and a professional singer. He wants to land a contested part in a film, so »
- Joshua Gaul
Stanley Kubrick, the popular exhibition that celebrates the creative process of one of cinema's most enigmatic and essential artists, makes its Canadian premiere at Tiff Bell Lightbox from October 31, 2014 -- January 25, 2015.
Re-designed for Toronto audiences (and featuring an exclusive 15-minute collection of Kubrick clips, curated by Tiff Director of Programmes Jesse Wente), it draws on extensive archives from Kubrick's home and workplace and features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his almost 50-year career. Stanley Kubrick is Tiff's largest exhibition to date, with almost 1,000 artifacts.
Highlights include the 'Starchild' from "2001: A Space Odyssey," the dresses of the ghostly sisters from "The Shining," the 'Born to Kill' helmet of Private Joker from "Full Metal Jacket," the authentic »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Stanley Kubrick left behind an amazing body of work when he passed away back in 1999, from A Clockwork Orange to The Shining to 2001. Kubrick’s films are all interesting, but the stories behind their creation are often every bit as fascinating as what happens on the screen. Proof of just how fascinating it was to work with Kubrick can be found in this 30-minute documentary of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the filmmaker's Vietnam War classic Full Metal Jacket. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the movie, this in-depth celebration of what is arguably the greatest film made about our excursion into the jungles of Southeast Asia sheds light on how the film was created, and what it was like to work with the notoriously demanding...
- Mike Bracken
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
After 25 years you would think The Simpsons creators can’t outdo themselves, and then they do. For the show’s 25th “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the segment “A Clockwork Yellow” featured an amazing and very clever riff on Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre paying hommge to several of the director’s classics, including Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. This isn’t the first time the show has used Kubrick’s work as inspiration; “Treehouse Of Horror V” played on The Shining with “The Shinning”. Watch the video below.
The post Video of the Day: The Simpsons Halloween Tribute To Stanley Kubrick appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
Even if you're not a watcher of "The Simpsons," one of the Fox series' great annual pleasures is the Halloween "Treehouse of Horror" special, which had its 25th edition Sunday night. Matt Groening and company have spoofed Stanley Kubrick before (see "Treehouse of Horror" classic "The Shinning") but Sunday was a true homage to the great director, a hilarious, unsubtle, over-the-top meta, allusion-packed mishmash of "Barry Lyndon," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange." Along with a winking nod to the director's supposed cover-up of the Apollo moon landing (as alleged in Rodney Ascher's neat pomo doc "Room 237"). Here's a clip. Watch the full episode here. (Thanks, Vulture.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
For a show that has been around long enough to see some of its audience grow up, get a college degree and get married, we'll give credit where it's due: "The Simpsons" can still pull out a gem from time to time. For the show's 25th "Treehouse Of Horror" episode, the segment "A Clockwork Yellow" featured a pretty clever and extended riff on Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre. The story finds Moe leading a gang of droogs comprised of Homer, Carl and Lenny into an "Eyes Wide Shut"-like party, and from there "Full Metal Jacket," "Barry Lyndon," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and obviously "A Clockwork Orange" get playfully ribbed. It's executed with a clear affection for Kubrick's films. And of course, as long time fans know, "The Simpsons" previously played on Kubrick's "The Shining" with "The Shinning" from "Treehouse Of Horror V." Not to mention the number of nods to Kubrick. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During last night's "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" the long-running animated show yet again paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, though this time they went all out. While I didn't seem to notice any references to Lolita, Fear and Desire or The Killing it's easy to spot references to Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange as the main inspiration along with asides to Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon and a great use of an iPhone standing in as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey as Homer goes ape. Give it a watch below. »
- Brad Brevet
The Simpsons continued their annual Halloween tradition on Sunday night with the series' 25th "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Like past installments, it featured three short segments – but the clear highlight was "A Clockwork Yellow," a spirited spoof of Stanley Kubrick's iconic filmography. The above clip, courtesy of Vulture, features a rapid-fire spree of Kubrick references – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut to Full Metal Jacket to (briefly) Barry Lyndon – but focuses on a Clockwork Orange-centric plot.
"A Clockwork Yellow" stars Moe as a member of a »
Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") — before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags. »
- Jesse David Fox
Directed by Damien Chazelle.
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job. ”
The above isn’t just a powerfully resonating line of motivation that hard-ass band teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells his most promising drummer Andrew (Milee Teller) to justify the extremities of his tutoring process, it’s a piece of dialogue that will hit home hard to anyone that has wanted not just to be competent at what they do, but to be one of the absolute best. That’s what Whiplash does. You don’t need to be involved in the jazz scene or have »
- Robert Kojder
At the peak of my transition from childhood into womanhood, I rented a VHS copy of Fright Night from my local video store. I had small crushes growing up on people like the boy who sat in front of me in choir, but when my 12 year old eyes saw Christopher Sarandon’s performance as Jerry Dandridge it was all over. I think for most people, we distinctly remember the first time we see someone that makes us “feel” different. To me, Dandridge is the epitome of the charming bad boy. The constant threat of danger is a thrilling fantasy but the fact he didn’t look (or act) like the monsters and murders I’d seen in other horror films was alluring. He smirked sideways with homosexual undertones and he could woo a woman in a dance party setting just by looking at her. He had the body of a »
- BJ Colangelo
'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' (photo: J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash') Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist — played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller — attends in Chazelle's sharply realized, emotionally explosive film. Whiplash, in fact, is a most appropriate title. The “insider's” perspective can sometimes burden a young filmmaker — or a filmmaker of any age, really. Knowing too much can be a trap; the inclination to “get it right” down to the last well-known detail can muddy a story and stifle narrative flow. And there's the possibility — or rather, the likelihood — that the filmmaker's personal experience is actually interesting only to the filmmaker. Chazelle avoids these pitfalls. Whiplash, while stylish and slightly elliptical, is neither muddy nor stifling. It flows freely; it's literally »
- Tim Cogshell
Whiplash is one of those rare films where you need to understand the intention or you'll find yourself rolling your eyes more than once as writer/director Damien Chazelle turns the volume not up to ten, not up to eleven, but he breaks the damned thing off. The sheer electricity of this movie had me so utterly amped up I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. This is the kind of movie that makes your heart beat faster. This is the kind of movie I would have wanted my high school or college coach showing me. It's an exhibit as to how hard someone must push for greatness while testing the limits of how far that someone should be pushed. This isn't a movie for softies. This isn't a movie for people that think things in life should come easy or those that think second, third and fourth place finishers deserve trophies. »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: Damien Chazelle Written by: Damien Chazelle Main Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, and more… Past Oscar relations: None (yet) Today we have another article in this particular series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is a small yet potentially major player in Whiplash, which hopes to be the latest Sundance sensation to appeal to the Academy. Can it actually do it after high profile subsequent showings at the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Festival? Let us discuss that possibility a little bit now below… This character/drama is an expansion of the short film by writer/director Damien Chazelle, who pulls the same double duty here with the feature. The cast is comprised of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in the main roles, »
- Joey Magidson
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Exclusive: When I pull up to the home that Robert Downey Jr and his wife and producing partner Susan share in Malibu, there are the trappings you would expect from the house owned by Hollywood’s best paid actor. The small fleet of cars, all tarped; the expanse of Pacific Ocean viewable from most anywhere on the grounds, a small staff that runs the house. But there are also the mischievous aspects you expect from Downey. There is that wooden blocking dummy in the barn that has raised bruises a plenty as Downey spent the last decade closing in on his black belt in the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. There’s the bright yellow front door that is as cheery and inviting as the spacious interior. The rooms are adorned by an undoubtedly pricey artwork collection, but there is nothing show-offy; the bathroom, for instance, features a medley of framed photos, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Stars: Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Ed O’Ross, Yvette Yates, Thomas Downey, Casey Fitzgerald, Rebecca Grant, Adrian Kirk, Alison Mei Lan, Keith Compton, Richard Moll, Leslie Easterbrook, Louis Mandylor, Ron Jeremy, Kevin Sorbo | Written by Chris W. Freeman | Directed by Justin Jones, Chris W. Freeman
Imagine if you let a horny, Add-riddled teenage boy watch a whole bunch of 80s slasher movies, introduce him to a gaggle of nubile young women, and then make his own take on the genre but without a decent budget, or decent gore effects. You’d probably end up with something like Sorority Party Massacre…
When his daughter goes missing, an L.A. police captain (Kevin Sorbo) dispatches Detective Watts (Thomas Downey) to investigate. As Watts is due to be suspended for growing anger management issues, he is keen to earn the favour of his captain. However, on arriving in Grizzly Cove, the setting for a gathering of sorority girls, »
- Phil Wheat
All the Warwick Davis Leprechaun movies are coming out in a new Blu Ray combo pack. The commentary tracks offer some memories of my two contributions to the guilty pleasure franchise. Here are a few more.
I grew up enjoying the absurdist humor of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series. So why not Absurdist Cinema? I loved the 1941 Hellzapoppin’, an early iconic example. The concept of the mid ’90’s Leprechaun franchise was proudly ludicrous – pint sized Jason/Freddy/Chucky amalgam with an Irish twist terrorizes and kills most of the supporting cast. But he was never really scary. I decided to embrace the absurd and make it as much fun as the formula allowed.
- Brian Trenchard-Smith
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
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